"The Way Of The Future": Pembroke Could Get New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Pembroke City Hall

Pembroke could soon have new places to charge electric vehicles.

On Tuesday night, City Council agreed to offer up some public space and signage for new chargers that the local power company, Ottawa River Energy solutions, is hoping to install.

ORES has applied for a federal grant to help cover the cost of the stations.

The grants are being offered under Natural Resources Canada's "Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program", which has a minimum requirement of 20 charging ports per project.

If successful, ORES plans to spread out the 20 ports among Pembroke and other municipalities it serves to reach this target.

It hasn't identified exactly how many ports each municipality would receive if successful.

However, in Pembroke, the company has asked the City for some public land, signage and overall support for the project.

City Council unanimously agreed to support the request.   Deputy Mayor Ron Gervais says it's an easy idea for the city to get on board with.

"We're ecstatic about the move", Gervais told Pure Country 96.7.

"To offer up some spaces that are already being maintained with snow removal and so forth, and with Ottawa River Energy Solutions being the one that would take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and be the one that would be fiscally in charge of the costs associated with the chargers", Gervais added.

Areas that the city has identified as suitable for the charging ports include the PMC, the curbside area near the Pembroke Library and Victoria Hall, the lot at City Hall, the Marina and Watefront, and Riverside Park.   

"Electric vehicles are the way of the future, and offering this service shows that the City is a progressive, forward thinking municipality that wants to make a difference in the environment", notes a report to Council from City staff, in response to the ORES request.

Ottawa River Energy Solutions will find out sometime after September 18th if its grant application is successful.

"Very exciting to be looking at a project that, I believe, will generate economic activity in Pembroke, and is also forward-thinking", Deputy Mayor Gervais said.